Location - Wooroonooran National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Distance - To the top: ~2 km return; Bottom of Cowley and Friendship Falls: ~5 km circuit.
Duration - To the top: ~1-2 hours return; Bottom of Cowley and Friendship Falls: 4-6 hour circuit.
Difficulty - To the top: Grade 4, on a rough track; Bottom of Cowley and Friendship Falls: Grade 5.
Elevation gain - ~110 metres
A stunning waterfall located closer than you think. Cowley Falls is located just off the Palmerston Highway and is a large drop-off. The base of the falls has a small cave-like feature to it. Below, we describe the old, long-forgotten tourist track to the top of the falls, the steep new track down the ridgeline, and the whitewater kayaker's track down into the river. Linking these routes makes for a great circuit.
Cowley Falls, Friendship Falls (a.k.a. Little Cowley Falls), and Cowley 3.